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The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present
by Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz
translated by Jane Marie Todd
foreword by Martin F. Price
University of Chicago Press, 2015
Cloth: 978-0-226-03111-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-03125-5
Library of Congress Classification GT3490.D4313 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 910.9143

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In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we must view them not only as material realities but as social constructs, ones that can mean radically different things to different people in different settings.
 
From the Enlightenment to the present day, and using a variety of case studies from all the continents, the authors show us how our ideas of and about mountains have changed with the times and how a wide range of policies, from border delineation to forestry as well as nature protection and social programs, have been shaped according to them. A rich hybrid analysis of geography, history, culture, and politics, the book promises to forever change the way we look at mountains.



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